Vitoria (Vasco Press) .- The head of the Court of Instruction number 4 of Vitoria , Roberto Ramos, has maintained the indictment of 26 of the 28 people initially accused by the ‘Miguel case’ . The magistrate underlines the possible existence of “organized plot” around Alfredo De Miguel to obtain “irregularly” government contracts governed by the PNV and charges them with up to eleven crimes, such as prevarication, bribery, influence peddling or money laundering.
“evidently accredited” the possible existence of “an organized plot” around the figure of Alfredo de Miguel, who was deputy lecturer of Local Administration and Territorial Balance of the Diputación de Alava, then governed by the PNV, to “irregularly obtain contracts or public awards from different Administrations or public entities governed by the PNV, either for its own company, Kataia Consulting, or for third parties or companies with which it maintained a relationship or linkage in one way or another. ” In addition, it is specified that, on occasion, it was charged “for work that was never actually done”.
According to the court ruling, this plot would also be directed to request and obtain, in some cases, the payment of commissions from legal or commercial persons that obtained contracts awards from various public entities, as well as the payment of monetary amounts based on contracts simulated that supposedly masked the payment of commissions paid by companies.
The order reveals that companies were created and used for these purposes and that, in most cases, they lacked economic activity, as well as experience, knowledge and infrastructure to carry out the alleged tasks entrusted to them, “Therefore, they are allegedly used as screen companies, either to channel the collection of supposed fees or to receive amounts illegally or unlawfully received for work that, on various occasions, was not materially carried out.”
Many of the 26 accused, whom the judge accused of a total of eleven different crimes, were directly related to the PNV at the time when the ‘Miguel case’ came to light in March 2010. This is the case of De Miguel himself, former deputy of the Alava administration of Local Administration and Territorial Balance and former member of the Alava Executive (ABB) of the Basque Nationalist Party, Aitor Tellería and Luis Felipe Ochandiano, who were also members of the ABB, the former vice-chancellor of the Ibarretxe Executive Gurutz Larrañaga, the director of Youth of that same Basque Government, Francisco Javier Sánchez Robles, the former mayor of Zambrana María Justina Angulo, or the former jeltzale of Leioa Iñaki San Juan.
Judge Ramos also maintains the charges against Ainhoa Bilbao, Araceli Bajo, Iratxe Gaztelu-Urrutia, Jon Iñaki Etxaburu, Alfonso Carlos Arriola, Julian Andres Sanchez, Miren Lourdes Bilbao, Sergio Fernandez Oleaga, Miguel Aintzane, Jesus Jose Arruti, Jesus Arruti, Estibaliz Arruti, Gorka Errasti, Prudencio Hierro, Josu Montes, Joaquín Sabater, Ramón Tomás Riba, Plácido Casas, and Francesc Fernández.
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However, it decides the partial and provisional dismissal of the proceeding against Pablo Jesús Larrabide, considering that “it is not due or sufficiently accredited” that he had intervention in the allegedly criminal facts of the case. Likewise, it agrees to the free and partial dismissal of others of the initially accused, Asier Arzalluz, since he considers that the facts alleged against him, fraud in public procurement, “are not constituting an offense or are criminally atypical.”
As for the alleged crimes attributed to the 26 accused, amount to a total of eleven. It is, specifically, of prevarication, omission of the duty to prosecute crimes, bribery, influence peddling, money laundering, embezzlement of public funds, fraud to public administrations or in public procurement, negotiations and activities prohibited to public officials, falsehood in public and commercial document, crimes against the Public Treasury, and alteration of prices in contests and auctions.